People of ancient years in China believes that it takes 60 years to complete a cycle, and yearly, there will be one Tai Sui (General) to manage the good and bad happenings in that year. The legend of Tai Sui has existed since the migrants landed in Singapore. The 60 Tai Sui statues originated from the Bei Yun Guan Yuan Chen Dian (白云观元辰殿) in Beijing. The statues were consecrated in 1993 by Master Huang Xin Yang (黄信阳), Vice President of Taoist Association. In the Tai Sui Hall, Dou Mu (斗姆) statue is placed on the central altar. Dou Mu is the Heavenly Mother of the 60 Taisui. She is motherly and kind. Above the central altar are 7 star-lamps arranged in the Bei Dou Qi Xing (北斗七星) formation. The 60 Tai Sui statues are placed on both the right and left side of the Hall. Each has his own name, status and style. Most temples in Singapore will traditionally enshrine only one Tai Sui statue to represent the Tai Sui for the Year. Lorong Koo Chye Sheng Hong Temple is well known for taking the lead in establishing a complete Tai Sui Hall.
Annually, from the 4th Day to the end of the 1st Lunar month, Lorong Koo Chye Sheng Hong Temple organizes prayer rituals for devotees to offer their prayers to their respective Tai Sui. The prayers are held daily from 7am to 8.30pm during this period. Master Priests will be present to lead and guide thousands of devotees to pray for blessings, avert dangers and evils, and to pray for a smooth sailing year. For the ritual ceremony, devotees will need to fill up their personal details in a scripture provided, known as Shu Wen (疏文). The Master Priest will lead the devotees to offer their prayers to Tai Sui. The scripture is then burnt with the Tai Sui joss papers to symbolize blessings and good luck for the year. When one seeks blessings at the beginning of the year, one has to give thanks at the end of the year. A Tai Sui thanksgiving prayer ritual will be organized by Lorong Koo Chye Sheng Hong Temple for devotees to thank their respective Tai Sui for their blessings. The grand thanksgiving prayer ritual is generally held in the 11th Lunar month, before Winter Solstice festival, led by Master Priests.
Jia-Zi General Jin Bian.Yi-Chou General Chen Cai.Bing-Yin General Geng Zhang.Ding-Mao General Shen Xin.Wu-Chen General Zhao Da.Ji-Si General Guo Can.
Geng-Wu General Wang Ji.Xin-Wei General Li Su.Ren-Shen General Liu Wang.Gui-You General Kang Zhi.Jia-Xu General Shi Guang.Yi-Hai General Ren Bao.
Bing-Zi General Guo Jia.Ding-Chou General Wang Wen.Wu-Yin General Lu Xian.Ji-Mao General Long Zhong.Geng-Chen General Dong De.Xin-Si General Zheng Dan.
Ren-Wu General Lu Ming.Gui-Wei General Wei Ren.Jia-Shen General Fang Jie.Yi-You General Jiang Chong.Bing-Xu General Bai Min.Ding-Hai General Feng Ji.
Wu-Zi General Zheng Dang.Ji-Chou General Fu You.Geng-Yin General Wu Xuan.Xin-Mao General Fan Ning.Ren-Chen General Peng Tai.Gui-Si General Xu Dan.
Jia-Wu General Zhang Ci.Yi-Wei General Yang Xian.Bing-Shen General Guan Zhong.Ding-You General Tang Jie.Wu-Xun General Jiang Wu.Ji-Hai General Xie Tai.
Geng-Zi General Lu Mi.Xin-Chou General Yang Xin.Ren-Yin General He E.Gui-Mao General Pi Shi.Jia-Chen General Li Cheng.Yi-Si General Wu Sui.
Bing-Wu General Wen Zhe.Ding-Wei General Miao Bing.Wu-Shen General Xu Hao.Ji-You General Cheng Bao.Geng-Xu General Ni Mi.Xin-Hai General Ye Jian.
Ren-Zi General Qiu De.Gui-Chou General Zhu De.Jia-Yin General Zhang Chao.Yi-Mao General Wan Qing.Bing-Chen Xin Ya.Ding-Si General Yang Yan.
Wu-Xun General Li Qing.Ji-Wei General Fu Dang.Geng-Shen General Mao Cui.Xin-You General Shi Zheng.Ren-Xun General Hong Chong.Gui-Hai General Yu Cheng.
Year of Rat 1924 1984 2044 General Jin Bian
During the Ming Dynasty, Taisui Jia Zi (甲子) is named Jin Lian (金濂) and also known as Jin Bian (金辩). He was entrusted to command the military at Ling Xia Province. Jin Bian was capable and was respected as a virtuous person. He helped many people and earned their praises. He was able to handle issues fairly and impartially.
Year of the Ox 1925 1985 2045 General Chen Cai
General Chen Cai (陈材) was born in Jin Hua, Zhejiang Province during the Song Dynasty. He was famous due to his courageous effort in saving the candidates from a fire during an examination.
Year of Tiger 1926 1986 2046 General Geng Zhang
General Geng Zhang (耿章) was born in Lu Di, Shangdong Province during the Ming Dynasty. He was an official in the province. He fought for justice for the people, even if it was at the expense of his own title. The villagers were thankful of his good deeds. When he passed away, he was classified in the list of “renowned official” and worshiped by the villagers annually.
Year of Rabbit 1927 1987 2047 General Shen Xin
General Shen Xing (沈兴) was born in Jian Ling, Fujian Province during the Ming Dynasty. Shen Xing was strong, an eye for details and was aboveboard. He was good in solving problems and eloquent in his speech. During the period from 1368 to 1398, he built walls to protect the city from intruders. He defeated the enemy and protected the villagers. The people were safe in his hands.
Year of the Dragon 1928 1988 2048 General Zhao Da
General Zhao Da (赵达) was born in Henan Province. General Zhao Da was intelligent. He learnt martial arts during the era of the Three Kingdoms and geomancy from his master, Sun Quan (孙权). He was able to foresee danger and avert the dangers.
Year of Snake 1929 1989 2049 General Guo Can
General Guo Can (郭灿) was born in An Yang, Henan Province in the Ming Dynasty. He protected the people in the village and defeated the enemy. He was also able to mediate differences and capable of using appropriate methods to resolve issues. He was also able to protect the rights of the villagers.
Year of Horse 1930 1990 2050 General Wang Ji
General Wang Ji (王济) was born in Lao Yang, Hebei Province during the Song Dynasty. He had an upright character and was able to resolve problems for the villagers. He was capable of giving constructive advice to Tai Zong (太宗) to protect the people. The 10 most important advices included selecting suitable officials, differentiate good and bad officials, rectify credentials and title, eliminate excessive entertainments etc.
Year of Goat 1931 1991 2051 General Li Su
General Li Su (李素) was born in Long Xi, Kangxiao Province. He was knowledgeable in Taoist studies and faced the enemy fearlessly. General Li Su earned the respect of people and was well-loved by them. He helped the people pay lower taxes. He was modest in his dealings and well known amongst the villagers.
Year of Monkey 1932 1992 2052 General Liu Wang
General Liu Wang (刘旺) was born in Hui Chun, Jilin, Liao Ning Province during the Ming Dynasty. He was virtuous and handled official matters according to the law. He made much sacrifices during the chaotic period and was unfortunately killed in the battlefield at the boundary of the country.
Year of Rooster 1933 1993 2053 General Kang Zhi
General Kang Zhi (康志) was born in Ling Zhou, Ningxia Province during the Tang Dynasty. He was also known as Kang Zhi Lu (康志睦). He was good in horse-back archery and was able to defend his village. His father, Kan Ri (康日) defeated the enemy too. Kang Zhi’s son, Kang Cheng Xun (康承训) thwarted a treacherous official’s treason plan and killed more than 10,000 rebellious soldiers. The family members of General Kang Zhi are all renowned warriors who had defended courageously for the country.
Year of the Dog 1934 1994 2054 General Shi Guang
General Shi Guang (施广) was born in Zhuang Ju, Guanxi during the Ming Dynasty. Shi Guang is knowledgeable and multi-skilled. He was industrious and well versed in history. He was a teacher and disciplinary master who established school rules and provided guidance to his students. His students saw General Shi Guang as a role model and worked hard to learn from him. He contributed all his savings towards good causes. His generosity earned the respect and praise of the villagers.
Year of Pig 1935 1995 2055 General Ren Bao
General Ren Bao (任保) was born in Jian Lin, Fujian. He led and fought along side his troops to defend his country. His actions uplifted the morale of his troops which was decisive in his troops’ defeat of the pirates during a sea battle. General Ren Bao was promoted as a senior officer in the subsequent year.
Year of Rat 1936 1996 2056 General Guo Jia
General Guo Jia (郭嘉) was born in Pu Yang, Henan Province during the Yuan Dynasty. He was by nature generous and ambitious. He gave personal rewards to the volunteer soldiers who were defending the country. Although outnumbered, he killed the envoy of the invaders, opened the city gate and fought the battle with the volunteer soldiers. He was subsequently killed as his troops was outnumbered by the enemy. The Kingdom bestowed Guo Jia as a General and conducted memorial service for him annually.
Year of Ox 1937 1997 2057 General Wang Wen
General Wang Wen (汪文) was born in Wu Yuan, Zhejiang Province during the Song Dynasty. He was physically strong and exceled in strategic planning. In the year 1226, he took away the ration of the enemy to feed his own troops as part of the defense strategy. He managed to upkeep the peace and was awarded the title of “Strategic General” by the Emperor.
Year of Tiger 1938 1998 2058 General Lu Xian
General Lu Xian (鲁先) was born in Da Tong, Qin Hai Province during the Ming Dynasty. He was appointed as an official to assist with the defence of Gan Xiao (甘肃). He was brave and capable. He will brave the arrows and gravels of the enemy to lead the troops in the attacks. After 15 years of diligent service, he passed on and was bestowed the title of Governor.
Year of Rabbit 1939 1999 2059 General Long Zhong
General Long Zhong (龙仲) was born in Yong Xin, Jiangxi Province during the Song Dynasty. He suggested to construct walls for the safety of the villages at Yong Xin (永新). He also helped to edit and compile 200 official scripts. When he passed on, the Emperor bestowed the title of “Learned Man” on his tomb.
Year of Dragon 1940 2000 2060 General Dong De
General Dong De (董德) was born in An Le, Jian Xi Province during the Song Dynasty. Dong De was hardworking and often disregard tiredness while studying. He was honest and had a pleasant personality. He failed in the examinations and he lived in the forest since then for revision. Although he did not come from a rich, he was forthcoming to help the poor from the proceeds he gotten from his land.
Year of Snake 1941 2001 2061 General Zheng Dan
General Zheng Dan (郑但) was born in Zai Xi, Anwei Province during the Ming Dynasty. He was an ex-official in Zhejiang. He was born into an honorable family and exceled in writing poems. He was viewed by the villagers as a poet.
Year of Horse 1942 2002 2062 General Lu Ming
General Lu Ming (陆明) was born in Dong Ling, Angwei Province during the Ming Dynasty. He was studious and there was never a day that he was not reading a book. He followed principles and was a strict discipline master who resolved problems efficiently.
Year of Goat 1943 2003 2063 General Wei Ren
General Wei Ren (魏仁) was born in Hua Zhou, Xiaxi Province during the Ming Dynasty. He passed the examinations and was appointed as an official in charge of discipline. His determination to have an audience with the Emperor helped his teacher overturned his unjust conviction.
Year of Monkey 1944 2004 2064 General Fang Jie
General Fang Jie (方杰) was born in Fujian during the Song Dynasty. He helped the people reduce taxation and strengthened the river banks. He also advanced the cause of education in villages. His contributions were acknowledged by the villagers and was well known for 3 credentials; 1. all barren land will be put to good use; 2. no one will be jobless; and 3. there will be no unsolved cases for prisoners. He was well respected by the villagers in Tong An (同安).
Year of Rooster 1945 2005 2065 General Jiang Chong
General Jiang Chong (蒋崇) was born in Dong Yang, Zhejiang Province during the Yuan Dynasty. Since young, he was humble and did not lie. He abided by the laws, was honest and disciplined. He came from a poor family but was selfless in contributing to the villagers. He was well respected by the people.
Year of Dog 1946 2006 2066 General Bai Min
General Bai Min (白敏) was born in Min Di, Fujian. He was appointed as a Magistrate of the Chaozhou Province. He maintained his integrity and helped to build schools in the villages. His descendants followed his teachings and live a humble life. He was frugal and helped the villagers reduce taxation. The villages respected him for the benevolent ruling.
Year of Pig 1947 2007 2067 General Feng Ji
General Feng Ji (封济) was born in Hu Guan, Hunan Province. He had an audience with villagers who turned to being thieves due to poverty. Whenever harvests were poor, he would appeal to the Emperor to help the poor. The Emperor acknowledged his policies and appointed him as an official.
Year of Rat 1948 2008 2068 General Zou Dang
General Zou Dang (邹铛) was born in Wuhu, Anhui Province during the Ming Dynasty. He was a meticulous person and handled matters justly. He discouraged harshnesses and tortures. Wherever he went, he was able to root out corruption and evil doings, and was hence well loved by the people.
Year of Ox 1949 2009 2069 General Fu You
General Fu You (傅佑) was born in Kao Cheng, Henan Province during the Song Dynasty. He had the capability to address political issues. Instead of having the villagers to transport ration to the boundaries, he tasked the soldiers to carry cash and to purchase ration from the villagers. This not reduced the hardship of the villagers in transporting the ration but also ensured that the army is well fed. He was subsequently appointed as a Scholar of the Imperial Court.
Year of Tiger 1950 2010 2070 General Wu Xuan
General Wu Xuan (邬桓) was born in Xin Chang, Zhejiang Province during the Yuan Dynasty. He was a keen learner since young and was ambitious. He was thrifty by nature and he often helped the poor. He suppressed violent and corruption, enabling the people to live peacefully. General Wu Xuan’s gesture was greatly appreciated by the people.
Year of Rabbit 1951 2011 2071 General Fan Ning
General Fan Ning (范宁) was born in Nan Yang, Henan Province. He used his own savings to build schools in the villages so that people can receive education. He even funded the school expenses. His good deeds were admired and appreciated by the villagers.
Year of Dragon 1952 2012 2072 General Peng Tai
General Peng Tai (彭泰) was born in Feng Xiang, Xiaxi Province during the Ming Dynasty. He carried out his work diligently and was able to share the burdens of the villagers.
Year of Snake 1953 2013 2073 General Xu Dan
General Xu Dan (徐单) was born in Ping Ling, Xiaxi Province during the Han Dynasty. He practiced martial arts since young and was a famous warrior. In one of the wars, he killed thousands of the enemy single handedly. He was later appointed as a Commander, and together with General Ban Chao (班超), they captured the city of Wu Sun (乌孙).
Year of Horse 1954 2014 2074 General Zhang Ci
General Zhang Ci (章词) was born in Jing Xian, Anhui Province during the Ming Dynasty. He was a learned person, strategist and a respected poet. He set good examples for his people and willingly taught people . He was able to advise the peasants to work diligently in their fields so as to have good harvests. When the pirates attacked, he opened up the city gate to save the villagers. He passed on while in office and was well loved by the villagers.
Year of Goat 1955 2015 2075 General Yang Xian
General Yang Xian (杨仙) was born in Zi Ji, Shandong Province during the Song Dynasty. He lived in the deep mountains since young and was concise in his words and had the ability to predict future events. He was never after the luxuries of city life.
Year of Monkey 1956 2016 2076 General Guan Zhong
General Guan Zhong (管仲) was born in Ji Kou, Ying Shang. He was appointed the Prime Minister of Qi (齐) and led the country well with numerous economic policies.
Year of Rooster 1957 2017 2077 General Tang Jie
General Tang Jie (唐杰) was born in An Xiang, Hubei Province of the Tang Dynasty. He learnt martial arts since young and was a strong and brave warrior. He was admired and respected for his ability to defend the country.
Year of Dog 1958 2018 2078 General Jiang Wu
General Jiang Wu (姜武) was born in Bao De Zhou, Shandong Province during the Ming Dynasty. He led the troop to defend the enemy. He fought with all he had and sacrificed himself on the battlefield as a result of over-exertion. He was respected for his bravery and sacrifices.
Year of Pig 1959 2019 2079 General Xie Tai
General Xie Tai (谢太) was born in Lin Pu, Xiaxi Province during the Ming Dynasty. He was honest and would returns things that do not belong to him. He led by examples for his descendants followed in his foot steps. His grandchildren were brought up well and were all appointed officials.
Year of Rat 1960 2020 2080 General Lu Mi
General Lu Mi (卢秘) was born in Kun Shan, Jiangsu Province. He was good in writing letters, notes and stories. He was subsequently appointed as an official. He served the people diligently and reduced their hardships. He passed on while in office. People mourned his death, evident from the congested village streets during his funeral procession.
Year of Ox 1961 2021 2081 General Yang Xin
General Yang Xin (杨信) was born in Xia Di, Xiaxi Province during the Han Dynasty. He fought for righteousness and lived life with dignity.
Year of Tiger 1962 2022 2082 General He E
General He E (贺谔) was born in Hu Xian, Hunan Province during the Yuan Dynasty. He was good in war strategy and capable of mounting attacks. He used his personal money to finance the war led by Yuan Shi Zu (元世祖). He was appointed an official when he passed on.
Year of Rabbit 1963 2023 2083 General Pi Shi
General Pi Shi (皮时) was born in Yu Yang, Tianjin Province. He joined other officials during a war and successfully conquered Zhou Ci, Kangxia Province. He was well loved and respected by the people. He was appointed an official and bestowed the title Gong Gong (恭公) when he passed away.
Year of Dragon 1964 2024 2084 General Li Cheng
General Li Cheng (李诚) was born in Wei Nan, Xiaxi Province during the Yuan Dynasty. He emphasized on integrity and led by example. He helped build schools and assisted the farmers in the villages. He managed the army well to fight against the enemy. The people respected him for his integrity.
Year of Snake 1965 2025 2085 General Wu Sui
General Wu Sui (吴遂) was born in Anhui during the Song Dynasty. During the period of drought, he prayed for 3 consecutive days to Sheng Hong Deity for rain. His prayers were answered and the villagers were eternally grateful. He also helped the villagers facing poverty to the best of his ability.
Year of Horse 1966 2026 2086 General Wen Zhe
General Wen Zhe (王缜) was born in Tong Guan, Guandong Province. He was honest and stern. He reported 10 important issues to the Emperor. The Emperor acknowledged his contributions and he was given a State burial when he passed away.
Year of Goat 1967 2027 2087 General Miao Bing
General Miao Bing (缪丙) was born in Bian Di, Henan Province during the Song Dynasty. He loved to study and was filial towards his parents. He also cared for his siblings. He frequently helped people and was not after any official titles. In the Year 1126, General Miao migrated from the north to the south where he worked in the field and studied. He led a simple life. When he passed on, he was acknowledged by the people as a matured and pleasant person who was deemed fit to be an official.
Year of Monkey 1968 2028 2088 General Xu Hao
General Xu Hao (徐浩) was born in Yezhou, Jianxi Province during the Tang Dynasty. His writings were highly valued and compiled into renowned calligraphy series. He was subsequently appointed as an official. He passed away at the age of 80.
Year of Rooster 1969 2029 2089 General Cheng Bao
General Cheng Bao (程宝) was born in Nan Han, Guandong Province. He was appointed an official and led the troops in a war. He defended his country and passed away at the battle field.
Year of Dog 1970 2030 2090 General Ni Mi
General Ni Mi (倪秘) was born in Lou Guan, Fujian Province. He had a long beard and high forehead. He was a simple man and was frugal. He kept to his words and never gave empty promises to the people. In 1199, he was appointed an official of Chaozhou Province. He passed away at the age of 80 plus.
Year of Pig 1971 2031 2091 General Ye Jian
General Ye Jian (叶坚) was born in Ming Xian during the Ming Dynasty. With an imposing height of 8 feet, he was good in martial arts and able to shoot arrows on a horse-back. He achieved outstanding results during the imperial examinations and was appointed an official. He led the people to build walls to protect the city. He was generous and was particular on manners. He viewed authorities and the noble with the commoners as equal.
Year of Rat 1912 1972 2032 General Qiu De
General Qiu De (丘德) was born during the Song Dynasty. In 1129, he and 4 other officials joined Hong Hao (洪皓) in a war. The group was imprisoned for 15 years for their refusal to accept appointments as high officials and rewards. During their imprisonment, the group regularly used poems and scripts to express their loyalty to and love for their country.
Year of Ox 1913 1973 2033 General Zhu De
General Zhu De (朱得) was born in Ling Bi, Anhui Province during the Ming Dynasty. He led tens of thousands of villagers to follow Ming Tai Zu (明太祖) to travel to Jiang Dong, and successfully took over control of Changzhou, Wu Chang, Suzhou etc. He was appointed an official and was diligent in carrying out his duties when in office.
Year of Tiger 1914 1974 2034 General Zhang Chao
General Zhang Chao (张朝) was born in Ru Gao, Jiangsu Province during the Ming Dynasty. He had good knowledge and skills in managing the army. He could train the army well and was able to predict the enemy’s movement. The villagers were able to lead a peaceful life as General Zhang Chao was serious in governance and was able to prevent the enemy’s invasion.
Year of Rabbit 1915 1975 2035 General Wan Qing
General Wan Qing (万清) was born in Jian Chong. He was quiet in nature and he paid great emphasis on one’s ambition. He declined invitations by the Emperor to assume higher office as his focus was on his official duty in the lower office.
Year of Dragon 1916 1976 2036 Xin Ya
General Xin Ya (辛亚) was born in Di Dao, Gangxiao Province. He was appointed as a General in recognition of his suppression of the riots. When his area of control was affected by a pandemic, he personally took care of the sick villagers regardless of the risk. He used his own money to purchase herbs for the patients. The people regarded him as a “Mother” in recognition of his selfless care.
Year of Snake 1917 1977 2037 General Yang Yan
General Yang Yan (杨彦) was born in Hou Gong, Fuzhou during the Song Dynasty. Since young, he was intelligent and often read articles written by scholars. He learnt to write poems and wrote articles with the knowledge he obtained from the articles. He was appointed an official when he passed on.
Year of Horse 1918 1978 2038 General Li Qing
General Li Qing (黎卿) was born in Anhui during the Ming Dynasty. He was excelled in literature and the arts. He was appointed as an official of Gao An Province. He spent his 10 years of wrongful imprisonment writing poems and songs to mourn the deceased of the royal family. The Emperor was impressed with his talent and released him to be appointed as an official of Mi Yang, Henan Province.
Year of Goat 1919 1979 2039 General Fu Dang
General Fu Dang (傅党) was born in Shi Cheng, Shandong Province during the Song Dynasty. He managed the officials well so that the villagers would not be bullied. He personally led the troops to war against the barbarians. The people respected him.
Year of Monkey 1920 1980 2040 General Mao Cui
General Mao Cui (毛梓) was born in Huang Zhang Tai, Mongolia during the Jin Dynasty. He was of brave character and was good in archery. He was appointed an official for defeating the enemy. During the term of office, he was highly respected by the officials and the people.
Year of Rooster 1921 1981 2041 General Shi Zheng
General Shi Zheng (石政) was born in Henan during the Yuan Dynasty. He was a righteous man and lived a simple life. He was diligent and careful. He was able to handle official matters justifiably. He believed in educating the people, and that there will not be wrongful punishments and accusations for the prisoners in the jail. During his term of office, he did not abuse his power and status. He followed the laws in handling affairs.
Year of Dog 1922 1982 2042 General Hong Chong
General Hong Chong (洪充) was born in Qian Tang, Zhejiang Province during the Ming Dynasty. He built walls at the boundary of Suzhou to defend against the invaders. He constructed canals and managed a well-trained troop. He developed strategies to defeat the enemy. He was appointed an official for his courage. General Hong Chong passed away in 1524.
Year of Pig 1923 1983 2043 General Yu Cheng
General Yu Cheng (虞程) was born in Kun Shan, Jiangsu Province during the Ming Dynasty. He did not fear hardship and would sacrifice for the people. He was careful in handling affairs and led by example. He lived a frugal life and was a filial son. He treasured friendship and was a noble man.